Another 17,259 cases of covid-19 have been recorded in Scotland amid the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.
This Tuesday afternoon, the Scottish government confirmed a test positivity rate of 35.3%
Meanwhile, figures show that yesterday 1,147 people were hospitalized with recently confirmed covid-19, an increase of 116 from the previous day, while 42 people are in intensive care with the virus, an increase of 4.
Once again, the Scottish Government said there had been delays in reporting results due to a high volume of testing, and today’s figure was also affected by the weekend. holiday end.
A summary of statistics released by the government shows:
- 17,259 new cases of COVID-19 reported *
- 56,290 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results *
- 35.3% of them were positive
- 42 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 1,147 people were hospitalized yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 4,384,343 people received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 4,022,821 received their second dose and 3,006,133 received a third dose or booster
* There continues to be large volumes of tests being processed by laboratories. This and the bank holiday weekend impacted turnaround times, resulting in delays between sample collection and receipt and communication of results. Public Health Scotland continues to monitor the situation.
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Earlier today, we reported that the covid rules in Scotland may change, which would reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to seven days.
Nicola Sturgeon is due to take stock of the situation during a virtual session in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
At present, Scotland is the only country in the UK where people are required to self-isolate for 10 days, but the Prime Minister may take action to reduce that time tomorrow, the Daily registration reports.
The Scottish government has faced strong calls from the Tories to slash the rules to ease pressure on NHS staffing across the country as staff absences affect a number of key services.
Dozens of NHS staff are on sick leave due to catching the virus or having to stay home after coming into contact with someone who contracted covid, while the schedules of the buses and trains have been cut to deal with staff shortages.
For the latest covid statistics in full, you can visit the Scottish Government website here.